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Robert Canales PhD

Robert  Canales PhD

Assistant Professor

Community, Environment & Policy Department

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Campus PO Box: 245210
Drachman Hall A229
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 621-0146


Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Dr. Canales was a researcher at Stanford University, focusing on computational exposure simulation, and an instructor at the New School, working with faculty and students across Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College. Currently at the University of Arizona, he collaborates with investigators and teams of researchers interested in machine learning, data science, and the development of mechanistic models of health, risk, and environmental systems. Robert mentors students from diverse backgrounds that are motivated to learn about interdisciplinary science, applied statistics, and computational methods in environmental science and health.


BS The University of Texas at Austin
Civil Engineering
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
MS Stanford University
Civil Engineering
Environmental Engineering & Science
MS Stanford University
PhD Stanford University
Environmental Engineering & Science
Fellow Harvard School of Public Health
Environmental Health
Exposure, Epidemiology, and Risk Program

Research Synopsis

Dr. Canales' research interests span the fields of engineering, public health, statistics, and mathematics. This multidisciplinary work takes many forms but primarily focuses on environmental science and environmental health topics while using methodologies based in applied mathematics and systems science. Primary themes include personal and residential multimedia exposures, contaminant transport, and risk analysis. Methods include data mining/learning, dynamic compartmental modeling, Monte Carlo simulation, probabilistic modeling, and nonparametric techniques.

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